au·​tar·​ky | \ ˈȯ-ˌtär-kē How to pronounce autarky (audio) \

Definition of autarky

1 : self-sufficiency, independence specifically : national economic self-sufficiency and independence
2 : a policy of establishing a self-sufficient and independent national economy

Examples of autarky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the last half-century of the rule of the czars, Alexander III was shoring up his absolute autarky by bloody means, such as passing the infamous May Laws that set off hundreds of pogroms against the Russian empire’s Jews. Nicholas Clairmont, Washington Examiner, 4 Feb. 2021 The bigger issue is the vast disruption that would occur in the transition to more autarky. The Economist, 21 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated as president in May 2015 in the midst of an economic shock caused by low oil prices, turned to autarky. The Economist, 15 Mar. 2018 There has been a decisive shift away from openness and trade towards local autarky. The Economist, 22 Feb. 2018 The U.S. economy isn’t an autarky like Germany in the nineteen-thirties, where Volkswagen, Bayer, Siemens, and other German corporations benefitted from protectionism, the outlawing of independent trade unions, and big government contracts. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of autarky

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autarky

German Autarkie, from Greek autarkeia, from autarkēs self-sufficient, from aut- + arkein to defend, suffice — more at ark

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“Autarky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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